Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

Three is The Magic Number 

Redmond hip-hop trio defies expectations

We are sitting outside at Crow's Feet Commons, and I'm talking with Tyler Martin and Lion Lovechild, two members from NRG Tribe, an up-and-coming hip-hop trio from Redmond. They are telling me about auras, and about how the third member of their group was drawn to them because of one of their indigo auras.

No, it is not what I expected from a hip-hop band from Redmond.

"We're hippie skater kids," explains Lovechild.

Both are wearing their baseball caps backward, and they lean back into their seats in the bright sun. They are relaxed and easy-going.

"We're the counter-culture of hip-hop," explains Lovechild. "Its not all about the clubs, or the girls." His voice is soft and relaxed while we are talking, but on NRG Tribe's recorded songs and at shows, Lovechild has direct, fast vocals brimming with energy.

The two cite Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin as favorite, early influences and talk more like they are espousing Rastafarian philosophy than street-smart badassness.

"Faith, love, hope," says Martin.

"Happiness," adds Lovechild, noting what they have found to be the consistencies in various religions, and around which they have gathered what they describe as their spirituality.

Nope, not at all what I expected from a hip-hop band from Redmond.

On Monday, NRG Tribe will perform for their third stage show. Martin and Lovechild have been friends for years, bonding at the Redmond skatepark. Several months ago, they performed on a small—like really tiny—stage in Prineville and then, a month ago, performed at Lava Raps, Volume 1 at the Domino Room, a new local showcase for hip-hop artists. They were one of two audience favorites and, as such, won a spot as the openers for Rittz this Monday; their third show.

NRG Tribe

8 pm, Monday, May 4

Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

$25

Related Locations

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Source Weekly Newsletter

Fresh from the press: Get all our print stories, delivered to your inbox every Thursday.

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Ready to Rock

    • May 22, 2019
    Soulful rock and blues are the fuel behind the Leadbetter Band's first full-length album More »
  • Preserve Inspires an Opus

    • May 15, 2019
    'Malheur Symphony' concludes COS season More »
  • Coyotes and Peanut Butter

    • May 15, 2019
    Jared & The Mill are synced up and doing things to the band's own groove More »
  • More »

More by Phil Busse

Readers also liked…

  • Rebuilding St. Thomas

    Rebuilding St. Thomas

    Larry and His Flask drummer Jamin Marshall spearheads a benefit concert to raise money for Virgin Islands residents, affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria
    • Nov 1, 2017
  • Universally Shared

    Universally Shared

    Cloverdayle, a Nashville duo with Bend roots, shares its latest single, "Scars."
    • Nov 30, 2017

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation